Gibson sells guitars under a variety of brand names and builds one of the world's most iconic guitars, the Gibson Les Paul. Gibson was at the forefront of innovation in acoustic guitars, especially in the big band era of the 1930s; the Gibson Super 400 was widely imitated.

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They reworked Epiphone's old Century archtop into a thinline electric fitted with a single P-90.

This was followed by the introduction of a twin-pickup, double-cut thinline semi-hollowbody, the Sheraton.

The ES Series is also semi-hollow with a solid center, which makes it more resistant to feedback than a typical archtop guitar.

Inside the Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO: "The Outdid 335"John Lee Hooker described the original Sheraton as an "outdid 335" for its striking fingerboard inlay, classic shape, and elegant ivory and black binding on the top, back, neck, headstock and f-holes.

FYYMMRRRR F= Factory code (this can be 2 letters as well) YY= year of manufacture (this can also be just 1 digit for '90s models) MM= month of manufacture R= ranking number (may be more or less digits, not necessarily indicative of total units produced) Example - S02021234 was issued in Feb. Another code used on some current Epiphone models FYYMRRRR F= Factory code YY=Year of manufacture M= This will be a letter code corresponding to the month (A=January, B=February, etc...) RRRR= ranking number Example - R03D0263 was issued in April 2003.

Epiphone Elite/Elitist models FYSSSS F= Factory Code (this code will be an "F" or "T") Y= Year of manufacture (2 = 2002, 3 = 2003, etc.) SSSS= Sequential Serial Number Example - T41234 is a 2004 Elitist model. It is dark maple sunburst, gold plated hardware, and serial # is S7019737. Seems that Epiphone started the numbering over again , I called Epiphone Factory rep's and was told S7019737 was made in 2000's.

An "outdid 335" with Pro Bucker pickups, coil-tapping and new Graphtech Nu Bone XL nut.

The Epiphone Sheraton-II PRO honors Epiphone's most influential thin-line semi-hollowbody electric archtop, now with critically acclaimed Pro Bucker pickups with coil-tapping and a Graph Tech Nu Bone XL nut.

The company was bought out by their main rival, Gibson in 1957.